As most of you know, Book Expo America happened last week! I drove up Wednesday evening after work and attended Thursday and Friday. I went to BEA last year for the first time, so this was my second year. I had so much fun this year! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I had fun last year, but this year felt more relaxed. There weren’t any books that I was like DYING to get, plenty that I really wanted, but none that I would be devastated over if I didn’t get them so that helped. I also had a much better handle on things this year. No matter how many tips you read before going for the first time, it’s still really overwhelming. But this year, I knew what I was doing and it made it much more relaxing.
I went to more galley drops this year than author signings. The author signings just take so long and you’re in line for 1+ hours. Unless it’s an author that I absolutely love, I don’t need my book signed. So I made sure to walk around to the publishers’ booths and ask for their galley drop schedule. I also was on Twitter most of the day and heard about the drops that way as well. I just penciled things into my schedule as I went. If I missed something, I missed it. It wasn’t a big deal to me at all. I wanted to spend more time this year meeting other bloggers and networking with publishers than rushing around grabbing as many books as I could. And it made the whole experience just so much better.
I got to meet so many amazing bloggers including Kelly or the first time! Yay! Love that girl and had such a good time hanging out with her. I also met Alexa, Ashley, Chelsea, Becca and lots more. I got to see some old friends like Jamie and a couple non-blogging bookish friends that I met last year. And I got to know a couple different publicists for various publishers and even chatted up some authors while waiting in line for Starbucks. That line was practically longer than the author signing lines. But a girl needs her coffee.
I only got to attend BEA Thursday and Friday this year, which I was kind of bummed about. I still would love to go to Blogger Con one year, but I wasn’t crazy about the fact that it overlapped with time on the showroom floor this year. Maybe they should have done blogger con Tuesday and had BEA start officially on Thursday? Thoughts for next year, BEA gods.
Overall, BEA was an awesome experience. It got me even more psyched to go next year. Even though it’s in Chicago and I’ll have to fly, I’m definitely going to try to make it happen. Because it’s BEA and I think I’ll cry if I can’t go.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the book haul! I was really good this year about being picky and managed to come out with only 31 books! Yay! I still have about ten books from last year that I haven’t read and I got like 40 last year I think. So hopefully that means I’ll actually be able to get through all these ones. I was going to make a huge book haul video, but then I thought that would be too long so here’s some pictures.
I got these super cute note cards and a journal! Love love love them! I’m definitely going to look the note card company up. Rock Point Publishing if you’re interested. And the journal is from Disney and goes along with Tamara Ireland Stone’s newest book, Every Last Word.
That one on the top left is A Whole New World by Liz Braswell.
Which ones am I most excited about? Definitely Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl. Oh my gosh, it’s Marvel YA and I can’t even contain my excitement. I’m also super excited for Walk on Earth a Stranger, Rae Carson’s newest book. Because it’s Rae Carson and I LOVED the Fire and Thorns series.
Coolest book I got? Definitely Illuminae. That’s a hardcover ARC. I know right? I’ve never seen a hardcover ARC. And look what it looks like when you take the jacket off and here’s a sneak peek of the inside. The whole book is like that guys. I think it’s going to be a really interesting read.
That about wraps it up. A great year at BEA. Can’t wait for next year!
Did you go to BEA? What book did you grab that you’re most excited about? Are you going next year in Chicago?